It is no secret that my kids love animals, especially my daughter. We have had numerous millipedes, worms, turtles, and even a salamander come to our house for short visits. Over the summer it seemed she was catching toads in our flower bed EVERY day.
When I found the book Turtles, Toads and Frogs Junior Guide at the used book store, I just had to bring it home for us to explore!
The book is pretty detailed; I can definitely see it for a slightly older crowd (7-8 year olds), but it didn’t keep my preschoolers from wanting me to ready every little bit of it. Several times.
Then we took it on one of our walks to the pond and tried to identify some of the smaller frogs that hop along the bank. We found leopard frogs and bull frogs. We talked about how frogs differ from toads (for one thing, frogs tend to live near water and toads, like those in our flower bed, do not).
Then we played with our own miniature frog and turtle pond small world.
I cut small lily pads out of craft foam for our little frog figures to float on.
We added a variety of turtles, some sponges, and a little beach blanket to our pond scene as well.
They had a blast floating their frogs around, walking the turtle up to the beach, and using the sponges to make it “rain.”
Looking for other turtle ideas? Check out our simple paper plate turtle puppets we made!
That is so cute. I used to do stuff like that for my kids when they where younger!
Lanaya | Raising Reagan says
What a great idea!
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I love this idea! I have this same water table and will definitely be using it for this purpose!! We are featuring you at the Friday Follow Along this week so be sure to stop by!
Thanks so much for featuring it! Can’t wait to check out all the others!
Oh, how fun!! It is always fun to tie play and exploration with their interests. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
My daughter loves sea turtles and ALL things to do with the sea! So this book and activity would be a hit in our house 🙂 I haven’t come across this series, but looks like a great non-fiction series for young kids. Thanks for sharing it on the linky I will look for this book 🙂
My kids LOVED that book! Hope you find it!
Tina at Mommynificent says
Looks like your kids had a great time! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!